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Break Time at the Shrine

Story ID:7041
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1946
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Break Time at the Shrine

Break Time at the Shrine

While hiking in the Korean boonies
I spotted this old Shrine
I stopped to take a picture
Of a forgotten time

I wanted to get those stone steps
Mismatched and rough
Walking up these stairs with heels
Would be mighty tough

Timbers on each side of the doorway
One a log one hand hewn
The whole doorway
Slightly out of plumb

Resting in the doorway
Was this toothless old Momason
Holding a long Korean pipe
That she was puffing on

She saw me taking the picture
She just sat there
As Momason smiled her toothless smile
I noticed her chest was bare

Was this the cleaning lady?
Her skirt was dirty and wholly too
Was this a smoking break?
I donít have a clue.

I wonder if this shrine
Is still there
With that rickety
Old rock stair

Iím not making fun
I respect their fortitude and ability
To build a place of worship
Out here in the country.

This old Korean Lady
Was certainly not out of place
Resting in the Shrine doorway
With that toothless smile on her face.

Iím just happy
I got this picture to remind
Of that Old Lady and Shrine
Another era another time.

Monte L. Manka 3-29-11